Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Gilchrist full of praise for Pietersen

In an interview with Sun Sports former Australian wicket keeper Adam Gilchrist, has praised the new England captain Kevin Pietersen stating:

"Pietersen is very impressive. In Australia we see that he brings a natural aggression and positive attitude to the side. It could be similar to what Michael Vaughan was able to instill so successfully during the 2005 series. I have always regarded him as a fantastic cricketer and an extremely dangerous opponent".

Although full of praise for Pietersen, Gilchrist also shot a word of warning to the England captain and his charges not to underestimate any Australian team that is sent over to defend the ashes next summer, continuing:

“He is a larger than life character and I can't really think of any weaknesses in his game at all. But I do think that Australia is an extremely resilient cricket nation and our team is still a very formidable one.”"I think that when you lose great players like McGrath and Warne, then any side is going to come back to the field a bit," he added.
Australia, will have they’re work cut out if they are to repeat their 5-0 Ashes whitewash over England in the last series. The 2009 ashes series will definitely be more a case of can Australia win and retain the ashes, rather than by how many.